How Imo made $12m from World Bank’s budgeting system – Commissioner 

The Imo state Commissioner for Budget, Economic Planning and Statistics, Dr. C.C. Osuala, has said the state under the leadership of Governor Hope Uzodimma made 12 million US dollars in the last few years through World Bank’s Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) system.

The system allows people to access the state budget and ensure religious implementation of budget provisions.

He said the state had been able to meet its target despite challenges.

Osuala said in line with the religious implementation of the budget provisions, the state’s infrastructure improved, specifically on road construction and rehabilitation, school construction and rehabilitation and hospital construction and rehabilitation.

“Those are clear indexes to show that something great is happening in the Uzodimma’s administration,” he said.

He also said there had been aids to the poor and vulnerable from the state and the federal governments, adding that Imo state had accessed 10,000 poor and vulnerable people and 150,000 households of poor and vulnerable through the social registry.

“The poor were given between ₦20,000 and ₦30,000 which came to a total of ₦5 billion as cash transfer,” he said.

He added that World Bank’s unbiased criteria of statistical measurement was used to determine those to be chosen, as people of no means of economic livelihood were considered. 

He stated that political considerations were not part of the measurement.

On the November 11, 2023 governorship victory of Senator Hope Uzodimma, the commissioner said Imo people’s belief in his 3R mantra of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery gave him the resounding victory in which he swept the 27 LGAs of the state.

“Imo people gave him a tremendous vote of confidence,” he said.